Review: New Netflix movie lacks message, character

“Unicorn Store” on Netflix is a movie about an art school drop-out named Kit and her lonely existence. Kit, played by Brie Larson, loves rainbows, glitter and unicorns. From the opening scene, it’s easy to see that Kit loves to be herself, and it makes her stick out like a sore thumb.

The movie opens on her final art assignment. Everyone is supposed to paint a self-portrait. The other students stay within the confines of a canvas, and their art is very monochromatic while Kit’s self-portrait is a rainbow and glitter extravaganza from floor to ceiling. Her art teachers fail her, and she drops out of art school and moves back in with her parents.

Kit receives weird letters at work that tell her to visit “The Store.” One day after work, Kit takes the leap and visits this store, very unsure of what it could contain. The Salesman, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a boisterous being, wearing a pink suit, a rose on his chest and tinsel in his hair. Accompanying the slew of odd characters are monotonous and sometimes boisterous coworkers and Virgil, who works at a home improvement store.

I really liked the premise of the story. Kit was a lonely child, often turning to her stuffed animals for friendship or her imaginary unicorn, Steve. I feel like this movie speaks to me at this moment in my life. I’m on the verge of graduation, and everything after college is truly the unknown. The promise of a unicorn is like a promise of safety and love, something everyone longs for. Kit often does not believe in herself throughout the movie. Her art is a constant reminder of her failure in life.

The movie really just fell flat for me. The movie is rated PG but has the s-word scattered throughout. I don’t think kids would really understand it, so I’m not sure why they didn’t let more curse words fly and add more adult themes to make it PG-13. This story could really resonate with adults, but they played it too safe.

I thought The Store would be more central in the movie, but it is not a major hub for action. They created this grand store with a really cool character, but the salesman was barely featured. The plot was very slow, and I felt like it just didn’t add up. There were some plot holes in the middle that I believe could have been filled with more of Kit’s childhood or maybe the really cool salesman.

I would give this movie a five out of 10. I don’t think I’d watch it again because it just didn’t have enough of a feel-good message at the end, and the characters were very awkward and one-sided throughout.

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